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Jali Screen (with zigzag pattern)

Creation date: early 17th century
Creation place: India

Other Information

Type: Sandstone Screen
Medium and Support: Sandstone
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1998.105
Dimensions: 50 1/16 x 31 3/8 x 2 1/8 in. (127 x 80 x 5 cm)


Private Collection, England (c. 1983 - 1998)

Spink, London, England (1998 - January 12, 1999)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (January 12, 1999 - )

Label Copy

04/14/2017 Diana Chou
Jalis, or pierced screens, were used extensively in Indian architecture as windows, room dividers, and railings. In the course of the day, the movement of their patterns in silhouette across the floor would enhance the pleasure of their intricate geometry. Based on the form of its pattern, this screen is dated to the reign of the Mughal emperor Jahangir (r. 1605–27), but this tradition of fine craftsmanship continued into the early twentieth century as older monuments were renewed and repaired.
Last Updated: 4/14/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Passion & Tranquility: Indian & Islamic Works of Art Spink , 10/12/1998 - 11/12/1998

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 13th to 19th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Arts of South Asia 13th - 19th century , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of South and Southeast Asia The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Passion & Tranquility: Spink. London, England, October 1998
Page Number: 88, Figure Number: 49

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